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ARC DECRA Fellow, University of Canberra

Vicki Thomson is an evolutionary biologist who uses DNA to investigate how Australasian animals have adapted / will adapt to changing environments. An animal's DNA sequence can tell us about how many of them there were in the past—did they decline almost to the point of extinction—and about how low their genetic diversity go—did they lose individuals with important versions of genes that would otherwise have allowed them to adapt, for example, to aridity via increased desiccation resistance?


  • 2018–present
    ARC DECRA Fellow, University of Adelaide
  • 2013–2017
    ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Adelaide


  • 2013 
    University of Adelaide, PhD
  • 2007 
    University of Queensland, BSc (Honours)
  • 2005 
    University of Queensland, BSc/BA


  • 2014
    Molecular genetic evidence for the place of origin of the Pacific Rat, Rattus exulans, PLoS One
  • 2013
    Pleistocene Chinese cave hyenas and the recent Eurasian history of the spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta, Molecular Ecology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Sir Mark Mitchell Research Grant
    Lead Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Sir Mark Mitchell Foundation

Research Areas

  • Biogeography And Phylogeography (060302)